Automated Placement Optimization and Video Analysis for Unmanned Ground Vehicles

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Amount:
$70,000.00
Program:
SBIR
Contract:
W56HZV-11-C-0042
Solitcitation Year:
2010
Solicitation Number:
2010.2
Branch:
Army
Award Year:
2011
Phase:
Phase I
Agency Tracking Number:
A102-143-0330
Solicitation Topic Code:
A10-143
Small Business Information
Toyon Research Corp.
6800 Cortona Drive, Goleta, CA, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Duns:
054672662
Principal Investigator
 Michael Moore
 Senior Staff Analyst
 (805) 968-6787
 mmoore@toyon.com
Business Contact
 Marcella Lindbery
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (805) 968-6787
Email: mlindbery@toyon.com
Research Institution
 Stub
Abstract
Video sensors provide a wealth of valuable information, including the location, motion, and appearance of military and civilian vehicles, people, and objects in an area of regard. Unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) provide a platform with characteristics suited for persistent surveillance, including the potential relatively long time on station, good sensor stability, and sensor relocatability. However, manual placement and monitoring of a large network of UGVs would require excessive manpower and data transmission resources. Toyon Research Corporation proposes to develop a suite of automated functions for optimally routing and placing a UGV to maximize sensor coverage of an area-of-interest, ensure communications, and conceal the sensor. In addition, we propose to develop and test automated video analysis methods for sensing anomalous activity and potentially hostile intent. In Phase I, this effort would consist of a data collection and four separate software development efforts that will extend existing Toyon geo-spatial analysis, 3-D model generation, automated routing, and video analysis capabilities to the UGV platform. The results will inform a feasibility assessment and recommended system design.

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